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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Bustling all-day neighbourhood venue

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

A neighbourhood restaurant by a bus-stop on the Banbury Road, The Oxford Kitchen is a bustling, all-day venue with character to spare. Its chef, Paul Welburn worked under some of the luminaries of British cuisine, including Gary Rhodes and Richard Corrigan, and has done some TV time too. With comfortable brown banquettes inside and tables on the frontage for sunny days, he has created a relaxed setting for modern bistro eating that extends to a pair of tasting menus. Combinations are full of inventive elan, as for Cornish crab with Indian spices, compressed apple and radish, or gin-cured trout with puffed wheat, to start, ahead of breast and chestnut-stuffed leg of Cotswold White chicken with clementine jam, turnips and leeks. Presentations are exuberant and dramatic, and the balance of flavours always strong and true, through to baked rhubarb cheesecake with ginger and lemongrass, or maple syrup parfait garnished with pineapple, pecans and rosemary. The Express Lunch represents tremendous value, centred on a chef's seasonal special – pappardelle with pork ragù, pecorino and salsa verde in January – with an accompanying small glass of wine.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1st 2 weeks January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Paul Welburn

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30: 36
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £32.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £37.50
  • 2-course dinner from: £37.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £42.50
  • Tasting menu from: £45
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • Off-site parking available: NCP opposite

Getting here

Centre of Summertown. 5 minutes from A40 on Banbury Road. 1.5 miles from Oxford city centre.

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Oxford, Oxford Parkway
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